Markus Wheaton, WR, Steelers
|WR - #41||135.07||PIT||Active||2 years||23||5'11||182|
2014 Outlook: Sleeper (undervalued)Last updated on Jul-01-2014 by Mark Morales-Smith
There is a lot of buzz surrounding Markus Wheaton. The 2013 third round pick is a speedy receiver expected to win a starting job and help replace Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery's production. Wheaton could be the Steelers' second option and become a breakout wide receiver. He will be competing with veteran Lance Moore and rookie Martavis Bryant for targets. Reports out of Steelers camp are that Wheaton will win a starting job among the Steelers' lackluster receiving corps. Wheaton is still a virtual unknown, yet is predicted by many to have a big season thanks to his reliable hands and excellent opportunity. Wheaton is a flex or bench play with potential for more.
Editor's note: Wheaton is being drafted at WR56 with an 139.80 ADP. This would make him the fifth fantasy receiver on most teams in a standard 12-team league. The former Oregon State receiver, in this scenario, would be a 12th-round flier. Like most of the second-year receivers drafted after Round 10 (Justin Hunter, Kenny Stills and Aaron Dobson to name a few), Wheaton has far more upside than any rookie drafted this late.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a favorable view on WR Markus Wheaton, comparing him to former Steelers and current Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace. "The split end or 'X' position is the home-run hitter, the long-ball man. Think Mike Wallace. Wheaton does not have that kind of speed, but he's fast enough and seems to be a more accomplished route-runner than Wallace was in his second season."
If the comparable measures are true, Wheaton could be in for a big season. Wallace put up some career highs in the same position for four years while playing opposite Antonio Brown.Fantasy Analysis:
While I don't think he has the raw talent of Wallace, it wouldn't be surprising if Wheaton went for 1,000 yards and 7-8 touchdowns this year. Wallace did that twice in four season with the Steelers. Wheaton's 12th-round ADP presents a great bargain and plenty of breakout potential.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors9/1 - Steelers WR Markus Wheaton gets compared to WR Mike Wallace
8/22 - Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger struggles in third preseason game
8/11 - Steelers WR Martavis Bryant struggles versus Giants
Latest References to Markus Wheaton on FFToolbox:
- 2014 Fantasy Breakout No. 2 Wide Receivers
- 2014 Team Outlook: Pittsburgh Steelers
- Top 15 Sophomore Wide Receivers
2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|10.01||DraftTV.com - @ShanePHallam - A little high for Markus Wheaton, but as the #2 in a Steelers offense set for the no huddle, he should have plenty of opportunity. Thought he was a Top 5 WR coming out of Oregon State and this could be the year he proves it. Worth investing a bench spot in.|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|11.12||SiriusXM Fantasy - 2nd year Wideout Wheaton has flashed early in Steelers Camp. Todd Haley will get the most out of the young play maker|
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